Lembadion protozoan

Lembadion protozoan

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Credit: VOLKER STEGER/CHRISTIAN BARDELE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Lembadion protozoan. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a Lembadion bullinum protozoan (single-celled animal). It is a ciliate protozoan, normally having numerous fine hairs (cilia) around its mouth (green), although these have been removed here. It lives in fresh water and eats other small organsisms. Protozoa such as this are being used in biotechnology research at Axiva (part of Aventis) in Frankfurt, Germany. They are being studied to see if they can be used to make useful biologically active chemicals such as enzymes, polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and antibiotics. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: animal, antibiotics, aventis, axiva, biochemistry, biotechnology, ciliate, enzymes, invertebrate, invertebrates, lembadion bullinum, mouth, nature, polyunsaturated fatty acids, protist, protozoa, protozoan, research organism, scanning electron micrograph, sem, single-celled, wildlife, zoology

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